Alumni Testimonial: Meet Victoria

20140601_120022To me, HOBY was more than just a weekend, more than just a day off from school. For me, HOBY was life changing. Within a 3-day period I learned that as a teenager, I am not powerless, I can make a change in my world, and I learned what a bunch of teenagers could do when we work together. Basically, HOBY taught me how to be a leader.

HOBY taught me that I am not powerless by showing me what I can do if I continue on with my high school education. I listened to speakers talk about how they helped and changed lives. Not only were these stories inspiring, they were also motivating.

HOBY taught me I can change my world. HOBY taught me that I can take charge of any situation and turn it into something that I can be proud of, something to inspire others. HOBY did this by making me plan a project to help change lives.

HOBY showed me the power of teamwork by making me consult my group and brainstorm different ideas and concepts. Bouncing ideas off each other really showed me the value in working with a team instead of alone.

HOBY taught me that being a leader is more than having a good moral compass. Being a leader requires inspiration, passion, and teamwork. Qualities you will find at ANY HOBY conference. HOBY taught me to be an outstanding leader, and I took that home with me to make more leaders.

– Victoria Brooks, ’14
Our Lady Of Mercy